Joan Takayama-Ogawa: Global Warming

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Joan Takayama-Ogawa: Global Warming

Oct 6 — Nov 27, 2018

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Life is different now.

Warmer ocean temperatures prompted bleaching events of the world’s coral reef communities. Healthy colorful coral have changed into weakened ghostly white coral, susceptible to disease and death.  These coral bleaching events are visual cues of thermal stress caused by global warming, serving as the “canary in the coal mine” and warning us of serious environmental consequences.

These abstract figurative sculptures powered with outdoor energy efficient LED lights, are a call for the reversal of global warming.  Three-dimensional wall sculptures remind us that beneath the deep blue sea a world of environmental change is occurring.  We are all accessories and responsible for this environmental crime.

The world cannot wait decades for cutting edge researchers, corporations, government, and institutions to implement change.  We must bring clean energy solutions out to market sooner.

We must adapt for environmental change. We must create new tools that keep the problem from getting worse.

I am optimistic. Disruptive environmental approaches, separate from political noise, will create a future for humankind. We must adapt for environmental change. We must create new tools that keep the problem from getting worse.  According to Bill and Melinda Gates Notes, five enterprising ideas are in the works.

1. Grid Storage Technology could allow us to store energy when it is dark or raining.
2. Liquid Fuels could run by solar power to fuel transportation vehicles.
3. Mini Grids could fuel neighborhoods and villages without tapping into the central grid.
4. Alternative carbon-neutral building materials could replace concrete or steel, reducing greenhouse gases.
5. Geothermal power could be tapped from beneath the earth to reduce our addiction to oil and coal.

-Joan Takayama-Ogawa, 2018

Joan Takayama-Ogawa. Medusa Coral I — 2018, 17"H x 17"W x 17"D